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The Potential Causes of a Hard-Starting Air Conditioner

August 19th, 2019

residential-ac-outdoor-unitThere’s one air conditioner problem we talk about fairly often, and that’s because its presence means your air conditioner is in serious trouble. That’s short-cycling, when your air conditioner cycles on and off rapidly instead of in regular intervals like it is supposed to. It wears down on your system faster that your air conditioner would normally accumulate wear and tear, and can even be an indication that your new system wasn’t properly sized.

There’s a less common AC repair issue that’s worth mentioning too, as it can also have detrimental consequences for your air conditioner, and that’s hard-starting. Hard starting is when you hear your air conditioner struggles to come on but then sort of “booms” when it finally does.

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What’s That Warm Spot on the Floor? Is It Time to Call a Plumber?

August 5th, 2019

kitchen-floorImagine this scenario: You walk out across your kitchen floor. You notice a warm spot. Your dog is nearby—perhaps he was napping there? You shrug it off and don’t give it another thought.

A week later, you think you hear the sound of running water. Perhaps you get your water bill and notice it is higher than usual. Again, a problem you shrug off—it’s not that much higher.

Another week goes by… that warm spot hasn’t gone away and your dog is in an entirely different room. The sound of running water is still in your ears, despite no plumbing appliances being on. Now you’re getting worried, what should you do?

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Water Heater Installation: There’s Never a Bad Time to Go Tankless!

July 22nd, 2019

tankless-water-heaterWhen you need a new air conditioner, shopping in the middle of summer can feel a little hectic. After all, it’s the busiest time of the year for HVAC contractors, and you don’t want to feel rushed into a decision, but you need cooling now.

It’s different for a water heater, though. You can literally buy it any time of the year and not worry about a huge disruption in service. So, if you’ve been considering replacing your aging storage tank model water heater, now is the perfect time to consider going tankless!

Tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular among homeowners, and for good reason. Just like with any water heater system though, there are pros and cons to going tankless. We’ll get into them below, and we’re happy to help you make an educated decision about whether or not one is right for your household.

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How to Keep Your AC Working Well

July 8th, 2019

ac-outdoor-unit-with-tools-on-topFirst off, let’s define what “working well” means. To you, it may mean that it’s blowing cool air. It’s making you feel “comfortable,” even if you feel the need to crank the thermostat down to 70°F in order to make your living space, well, livable.

What if we told you that you should have higher standards for comfort? If you need to turn your thermostat down that low just to get your air conditioner to work, then it is not “working well.” It’s working inefficiently. What we mean when we say an air conditioner is working well is that it’s operating as efficiently as possible. So, how do you maintain that? Read on!

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If You’re Losing Refrigerant, it Means THIS

June 24th, 2019

close-up-photo-of-refrigerant-linesYour home’s air conditioning system is a complicated piece of machinery. The majority of homeowners may get the basics of how an air conditioner works, but not all the intricacies involved. Therefore, you may not understand how each of the components work together, and what is “right” and “wrong” with what an inexperienced handyman might tell you about your cooling system.

For instance, have you ever been told that the refrigerant in your central air conditioner system needs to be recharged (refilled) each time you have a maintenance appointment? This is, unfortunately, a dangerous misconception. Because, if you’re losing refrigerant from your system, it actually means you have a leak. Keep reading to learn more!

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Heed These Signs You Need Water Softener Services

June 10th, 2019

hand-opening-faucet-tapWe’ve talked in previous posts about the importance of good water treatment, and what hard water can do to your drains. Hard water, as a reminder, is water with high levels of minerals in it. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, and sometimes even iron—all of which are harmless to ingest (after all, we see them in multivitamins quite often!) but can do serious damage to your plumbing.

Unfortunately, these minerals create what’s called limescale, and this builds up within your plumbing pipes. It can not only create clogs, but because of its hardness, when it breaks off the lining of your pipe it can hurt the integrity of your plumbing, leading to eventual corrosion and leaks. So you know this—but do you know how to spot the signs of hard water? We’ve shared a few of the most common below.

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“Do I Need Water Treatment?”

May 27th, 2019

tap-water-running-down-a-drainIf you’re asking yourself this question, it’s absolutely worth looking into. The thing is, water quality problems not only impact your quality of life and your plumbing system, but they can also affect your health.

Your water supply does go through a treatment process at your municipal water plant before it reaches your home. And most of these municipal water supply centers are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials. But, the water has a long way to go from that plant to your faucets and fixtures. Therefore, you shouldn’t rely on this as a 100% effective water treatment source—there’s always a chance that some trace elements of contaminants (such as lead or even cyanide) can make its way into the water supply you are using to drink from and bathe with.

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Can Treating Hard Water Extend the Life of Your Plumbing System?

May 13th, 2019

family-standing-over-kitchen-sinkThe short answer to this is, “yes,” but please allow us to explain….

The truth is, there are many water quality problems that can impact not only your plumbing system but your health, too. One of the most common water quality issues we have around here is hard water, though most homeowners aren’t even aware they have a problem!

It’s important, though, that you be aware of what hard water is, what its symptoms are, and what to do about it. Whether hard water is your culprit or some other water quality problem is impacting your home, our team can help you choose and install the right water treatment system for the job.

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Plumbing Dos and Don’ts to Avoid Emergencies

April 29th, 2019

worried-woman-sponging-up-water-from-burst-pipeHave you ever had a plumbing emergency in your home? If not, you’re very fortunate! We’d like to help keep that streak running. If you have had a plumbing emergency happen before, then you already know how detrimental it can be, and would probably like to do whatever you can to prevent it from happening again.

Our team has handled a number of plumbing emergencies and other plumbing problems throughout our years in business. Because we know what to look for, we have compiled a brief list of some dos and don’ts for you to follow in order to hopefully avoid these emergencies altogether.

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Is Your AC System Beyond Repair? Consider This Replacement

April 15th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-with-remoteWith temperatures warming, soon enough we’ll be able to start using our air conditioners on a regular basis. But, what if yours was having problems last year? If it’s aging and repairs just aren’t a cost-effective option anymore, you may find yourself facing the decision of replacing your cooling system.

Let’s say you have a central system in place. You should just stick with a new model of that system, right?

Well, not necessarily. If you have damaged ductwork that can’t handle another season of use, or your heater is aging in addition to your air conditioner, then you’d do well to consider the ductless system. Be sure to contact our pros if you’re unsure of your decision, and keep reading to learn of the many benefits of installing a ductless system.

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